CON artists are said to be using fake “wrong number” texts to try and scam people out of money.

You may be tempted to reply to a seemingly innocent message to explain that the sender has the wrong number but this is exactly what a cyber criminal wants you to do.


You should avoid replying to “wrong numbers” if you don’t want to fall prey to this scamCredit: Shutterstock

In many cases, the sender is likely a chat bot trained to lure you into conversation and eventually try and get you to hand over personal data or money.

The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about this scam.

It said: “A new text message scam seems so innocent that it’s tempting to reply. 

“But con artists are using phony “wrong number” texts to lure victims into conversation and falling for a scam.”

Examples of the scam include a chat bot pretending to be a woman from a dating app so the recipient might be lured into signing up for paid adult dating websites.

The Better Business Bureau explained: “You receive a text that reads something like this: “Hey is this John? It’s Amanda. We chatted on Tinder before when I came to visit my cousin but we never met irl. I’m back in town if you want to meet up this time, are you free?”

“If you reply to a text like this, even with a polite, “Sorry, wrong number,” the stranger responds anyway, seemingly ignoring your answer.

“Usually, you’ll receive a few compliments and some photos of “Amanda,” who appears to be a scantily clad…

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